New Covid vaccination compensation scheme provides additional incentive to employers to have staff vaccinated

In a media release on Saturday 28 August 2021, the Minister for Health and Aged Care, The Hon. Greg Hunt announced details of a new no fault COVID-19 Vaccine Claim Scheme (VCS) which will operate nationally. The scheme will cov...

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No jab, no work – FWO’s updated advice still leaves questions for employers

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) posted updated guidance on its website last night relating to the power of employers to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for their employees. This is an issue that we have also discussed before. Pr...

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COVID-19 Vaccines – Critical Questions for your Workplace

Guidance for the vaccine roll out in Australian workplaces was released by the Federal Government on 19 February 2021.  This took place via a media release from Christian Porter, Minister for Industrial Relations and updated guid...

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Inherent requirements termination upheld by Full Bench

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission recently handed down a significant decision which is of particular relevance for employers who have statutory child safety obligations because their staff work with children. Handed do...

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Insolvency Reforms: for better or for worse?

On 24 September 2020, the Australian Federal Government announced what it called the most significant reforms to Australia's insolvency framework in over 30 years. "The reforms, which draw on key features from Chapter 11 of the...

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Case Note: Ko v Hall and Ors [2020] VSCA 224

On 4 September 2020, the court of appeal handed down its decision in Ko v Hall and Ors [2020] VSCA 224. The main issue in this case was whether a determination by the medical panel made outside of the time frame prescribed by s 2...

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